Degree type(s): Bachelor's
Degree field(s): Behavioral Science; Criminal Justice
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.
Online Criminal Justice Bachelor’s Degree Program
Online degree; Bachelor of Science (BS)
The University of Mary offers an online Criminal Justice degree that will prepare you to be a force for good in the world–focusing on a healing justice for the whole community.
The University of Mary offers this online degree in a flexible and convenient format, designed specifically for the working adult. As a criminal justice student you will gain personal and professional skills to more effectively and humanly engage and serve your community.
This accelerated program will help prepare you for careers in law enforcement, corrections, private security, loss prevention, juvenile justice, victim advocacy, and offender transition. Interested in pursuing your graduate degree or go to law school? This degree will prepare you for your next academic step.
The online Criminal Justice degree is offered as a Bachelor of Science degree through the University of Mary Liffrig Family School of Education and Behavioral Science.
You also have the option of earning your criminal justice degree on-site at our main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota, using the traditional academic calendar year or our ground-breaking Year-Round Campus option.
Online Criminal Justice Degree Program Highlights
Affordable Online Education: The University of Mary is one of the most affordable private universities in the United States, providing a high-quality education that is accessible to any student.
Price: Students pay a competitive online tuition rate of $455 per credit.
Financial Aid: Financial Aid is available for online degree programs. Your personal admissions rep will help to guide you through your options to make sure you receive the best package possible.
Military: Military aid and scholarships are available to those who qualify.
Time to Completion: Earn your Criminal Justice bachelor degree quickly in our accelerated program in as few as 30 months, and maintain full-time employment.
Start Anytime: Most classes start every 5 weeks year round.
100% Online: Our online bachelor degree program provides all of the convenience of online education and the quality afforded by our cutting-edge technology.
Accreditation: The University of Mary’s bachelor degree in Criminal Justice is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission.
Online Learning Technology: Use a state-of-the-art online learning program, called Canvas, to ensure that you receive top-quality instruction
Values-based Education: Apply Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values to navigate ethical complexities in criminal justice and serve the greater good.
NetworkingCollaborative Learning for Online Degree Programs: Work with a group of adult student peers, providing strong support, work teams, and long-lasting friendships.
Career Outlook for Criminal Justice Majors
Employment in Protective Service occupations (police officers, correction officers) is projected to grow about 7.9 percent between 2012 and 2022. Jobs in legal services are projected to grow by 10.7 percent between 2012 and 2022. Many job openings will result from the need to replace those who leave the occupation each year. Competition for jobs should be lessened as heavy workloads and high job-related stress deter some from seeking this kind of work.
For these reasons, job opportunities should be plentiful for those who qualify. As the prison populations grow larger, many states are emphasizing rehabilitation and alternate forms of punishment (such as probation) that will spur demand for probation and parole officers and correctional treatment specialists.
+ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-'15 Edition.
- CRJ 201 Introduction to Criminal Justice
- CRJ 210 Police Science
- HIS 307 Difference & Inequality
- CRJ 212 Criminal Law
- CRJ 310 Corrections
- PSY 201 General Psychology
- CRJ 312 Criminal Procedure
- CRJ 320 Juvenile Justice
- ADC 311 Dynamics of Addiction
- SOC 305 Deviant Behavior
- PSY 350 Research Methods for Behavioral Sciences OR
- SWK 350 Research Technologies for Social Behavioral Sciences
- PSY 406 Abnormal Psychology
- POL 414 Constitutional Law
- CRJ 390 Internship OR
- POL 302 State & Local Government
- PSY 308 Social Psychology
- CRJ 410 Criminology
- CRJ 420 Senior Seminar
- SWK 330 Human Behavior in a Social Environment
Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship!
We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package.
Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education.
Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue
a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific
to each major or academic program.
We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.
Program Advisor: Chad Litton